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Now that it’s January, we must ask: What’s your Jam?

When things get tough, what’s your go-to song? It could be sad, it could be rad, it could even be a tune that you might not usually hear on CKUA!

Use the Open Mic feature on the CKUA app (available via Apple or Google) to share your Jam, and then stay tuned as we celebrate JAMuary by playing everyone’s picks!

You’ve told us what YOUR jam is, and we want to add some sweetness to the pot. If you’re looking for kombucha, fine spirits made from Alberta grain, or–you guessed it–jam, these businesses create their products with care, and they’re supporting CKUA as well. Scroll down to find more info on Backyard Bounty, Wild Tea Kombucha, Original 403, Whispering Dutchman Distillery and Two Rivers Distillery.

Get your JAMuary jam from award winning Calgary jam maker Valerie Vallance and Backyard Bounty!

Not only does your purchase support a local Calgary business, but a portion of the proceeds go to CKUA!

To purchase one of their award winning Jams, or learn more about Backyard Bounty, visit their Facebook page.

“Besides our chemical-free backyard, our jam sources includes wild picking, exceptional market vendors, our Hutterite friends, and our son Martin’s organic farm on Salt Spring Island. This allows us to produce unique fruit jams and jellies, home hive honey jams, pepper jellies, marmalades, chutneys and salsas you won’t find elsewhere – over 100 varieties at any given time! Find us Saturdays at Calgary’s HSCA Farmers’ Market from 12-4!

We encourage all CKUA listeners to buy local and support small business growers and makers!” – Valerie Vallance, Backyard Bounty

Blueberry Hibiscus Kombucha? From Brigette Freel, Emily Baadsvik and Wild Tea Kombucha, their Hard Kombucha Cider is flavoured with real fruit juices, naturally fermented and slightly tart with no added spirits.

Not only does your purchase support a local Calgary business, but a portion of the proceeds go to CKUA!

To purchase their Ginger Lime and Blueberry Hibiscus, or learn more about Wild Tea Kombucha, visit their website.

Wild Tea Kombucha is a female founded, Calgary-based kombucha brewer. We produce three kombucha brands: Cocktail Inspired Kombucha, Low Sugar Kombucha Soda, and our new Hard Kombucha Cider all with love and care using traditional methods. WTK can be found at retailers across the country or purchased direct online.

Somewhere between cranberry and cabernet, get your JAMuary hibiscus gin from Calgary craft distiller Mark Freeland and Two Rivers Distillery.

Not only does your purchase support a local Calgary business, but a portion of the proceeds go to CKUA!

To purchase their gin or vodka, or learn more about Two Rivers Distillery, visit their website.

“From the inception of Two Rivers Distillery our main focus has been to produce premium products using local ingredients. Luckily for us our main ingredients, Alberta water and barley, are among the best in the world.

I’m really into classic country music right now and I think the song that gets me going at this moment is ‘East bound and down’ by Jerry Reed. I love listening to old school country when I’m distilling; brings out the hillbilly in me, haha.” – Mark Freeland, Two Rivers Distillery.

If your JAMuary is dry check out this non-alchoholic sparkling dry hopped  water by Tory Manywounds and Original 403!

Not only does your Original 403 purchase support a local Calgary business, but a portion of the proceeds go to CKUA!

To check out their full selection of drinks, or learn more about purchase Original 403, visit their website.

“I work with the best producers to make unique products and highlight the quality of Alberta liquor and more. I look forward to bringing my experience and vision to the industry and helping new producers entering the industry with first hand knowledge of the licencing process and production methods.

What’s my JAM right now? I’ve been feeling Charles Bradley, FJK, and The Avalanches. I need mellow vibes to keep me positive and focused.” – Tory Manywounds, Original 403

Get your JAMuary gin from award winning Cochrane craft distiller Mitch Klassen  and Whispering Dutchman Distillery.

Your purchase supports both a local business and CKUA! A portion of WDD sales in JAMuary go to CKUA!

To purchase one of their award winning spirits, or learn more about Whispering Dutchman, visit their website.

Shout it from the roof tops, Cochrane has another craft distillery. Located in the industrial building next to the Half Hitch Brewing Company on Griffin Road, the Whispering Dutchman Distillery is now open to the public.

Head distiller, Mitch Klassen is responsible for the delightful versions of gin and vodka that are the hallmarks of Whispering Dutchman. Just nine months into production and they’ve already been awarded the Judges Selection at the Alberta Beverage Awards, out of 800 entries. What’s our Jam? All music is enhanced with a Gin and Tonic!

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us via social media! Here are some of your Jams!

Chrystal Barringer‘s Jam is
‘Dog and Butterfly’ by Heart

Henry‘s Jam is
‘Do You Believe in Magic’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful